Progress is often clothed in disappointment, conflict and misfortune. It is able to take on so many forms that leave us not realizing that what actually stands before us is indeed progress. However, if we take the time to unwrap our experiences rather than accept them at face value, we will always find a jewel waiting to be discovered.
It is this jewel that offers us greater insight, understanding and the opportunity to grow. More often than not we tend to see the mud the jewel is encased in and so we cast it to one side because it appears worthless and seems to offer us only distress or pain. When we can learn to see value in every experience we can and do find the jewel of enlightenment and wisdom that helps to propel us forward.